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The kettle to the top was boist,
And there stood fastened to a joist;
But with the up-side down, to show
Its inclination for below:
In vain; for some superior force,
Applied at bottom, stops its course;
Doomed ever in suspense to dwell,
'Tis now no kettle, but a bell.

A wooden jack, which had almost
Lost by disuse the art to roast,
A sudden alteration feels,
Increased by new intestine wheels :
And, what exalts the wonder more,
The number made the motion slower;
The flier, which, thought 't had leaden feet,
Turned round so quick, you scarce could see't.
Now, slackened by some secret power,
Can hardly move an inch an hour.
The jack and chimney, near allied,
Had never left each other's side:
The chimney to a steeple grown,
The jack would not be left alone ;
But, up against the steeple reared,
Became a clock, and still adhered :
And still its love to household cares,
By a shrill voice at noon, declares;
Warning the cook-maid not to burn
That roast meat, which it cannot turn.

The groaning chair was seen to crawl,
Like a huge snail, half up the wall;
There stuck aloft in public view,
And, with small change, a pulpit grew.

The porringers, that in a row
Hung high, and made a glittering show,
To a less noble substance changed,
Were now but leathern buckets ranged.

The ballads pasted on the wall,
Of Joan of France, and English Moll,
Fair Rosamond, and Robin Hood,
The Little Children in the Wood,
Now seemed to look abundance better,
Improved in picture, size, and letter;
And high in order placed, describe
The heraldry of every tribe.

A bedstead of the antique mode,
Compact of timber many a load;
Such as our grandsires wont to use,
Was metamorphosed into pews;
Which still their ancient nature keep,
By lodging folks disposed to sleep.

The cottage, by such feats as these,
Grown to a church by just degrees ;
The hermits then desire their host
To ask for what he fancied most.
Philemon, having paused a while,
Returned them thanks in homely style ;
Then said, my house is grown so fine,
Methinks I still would call it mine :
I'm old, and fain would live at ease;
Make me the parson, if you please.
He spoke, and presently he feels
His grazier's coat fall down his heels :
He sees, yet hardly can believe,
About each arm a pudding sleeve:
His waistcoat to a cassock.grew,
And both assumed a sable hue;
But being old, continued just
As threadbare and as full of dust.
His talk was now of tithes and dues ;
Could smoke his pipe, and read the news :
Knew how to preach old sermons next,
Vamped in the preface and the text:
At christenings well could act his part,
And had the service all by heart :
Wished women might have children fast,
And thought whose sow had farrowed last :

Against dissenters would repine,
And stood up firm for right divine :
Found his head filled with many a system,
But classic authors—he ne'er missed them.

Thus having furbished up a parson,
Dame Baucis next they played their farce on:
Instead of home-spun coifs, were seen
Good pinners, edged with Colberteen :
Her petticoat, transformed apace,
Became black satin flounced with lace.
Plain Goody would no longer down;
'Twas Madam, in her grogram gown.
Philemon was in great surprise,
And hardly could believe his eyes :
Amazed to see her look so prim;
And she admired as much at him.

Thus, happy in their change of life, Were several years the man and wife : When on a day, which proved their last, Discoursing o'er old stories past, They went by chance, amidst their talk, To the churchyard to fetch a walk; When Baucis hastily cried out, My dear, I see your forehead sprout ! Sprout, quoth the man, what's this you tell us ? I hope you don't believe me jealous ? But yet, methinks, I feel it true; And really yours is budding tooNay- now I cannot stir my foot ; It feels as if 'twere taking root.

Description would but tire my Muse;
In short, they both were turned to yews.

Old Goodman Dobson, of the green,
Remembers he the trees hath seen ;
He'll talk of them from noon to night,
And goes with folks to show the sight;
On Sundays, after evening prayer,
He gathers all the parish there;
Points out the place of either yew,
Here Baucis, there Philemon grew.
'Till once a parson of our town,
To mend his barn, cut Baucis down;
At which, 'tis hard to be believed,
How much the other tree was grieved ;
Grew scrubby, died a-top, was stunted;
So the next parson stubbed and burnt it.

[Verses on his own Death.]
As Rochefoucault his maxims drew
From nature, I believe them true:
They argue no corrupted mind
In him ; the fault is in mankind.

This maxim more than all the rest
Is thought too base for human breast:

In all distresses of our friends We first consult our private ends; While nature, kindly bent to ease us, Points out some circumstance to please us.'

If this perhaps your patience move, Let reason and experience prove.

We all behold with envious eyes Our equal raised above our size. I love my friend as well as you ; But why should he obstruct my view ? Then let me have the higher post; Suppose it but an inch at most. If in a battle you should find One whom you love of all mankind, Had some heroic action done, A champion killed, or trophy won; Rather than thus be overtopt, Would you not wish his laurels cropt? Dear honest Ned is in the gout, Lies racked with pain, and you without :

How patiently you hear him groan!
How glad the case is not your own!

What poet would not grieve to see
His brother write as well as he?
But, rather than they should excel,
Would wish his rivals all in hell?

Her end when emulation misses,
She turns to envy, stings, and hisses :
The strongest friendship yields to pride,
Unless the odds be on our side.
Vain human kind! fantastic race!
Thy various follies who can trace ?
Self-love, ambition, envy, pride,
Their empire in our hearts divide.
Give others riches, power, and station,
'Tis all on me a usurpation.
I have no title to aspire;
Yet, when you sink, I seem the higher.
In Pope I cannot read a line,
But with a sigh I wish it mine :
When he can in one couplet fix
More sense than I can do in six,
It gives me such a jealous fit,
I cry, Pox take him and his wit.
I grieve to be outdone by Gay
In my own humorous biting way.
Arbuthnot is no more my friend,
Who dares to irony pretend,
Which I was born to introduce,
Refined it first, and showed its use.
St John, as well as Pulteney, knows
That I had some repute for prose ;
And, till they drove me out of date,
Could maul å minister of state.
If they have mortified my pride,
And made me throw my pen aside;
If with such talents heaven hath blest 'em,
Have I not reason to detest 'em ?

To all my foes, dear fortune, send
Thy gifts, but never to my friend :
I tamely can endure the first;
But this with envy makes me burst.

Thus much may serve by way of proem; Proceed we therefore to our poem.

The time is not remote, when I
Must by the course of nature die;
When, I foresee, my special friends
Will try to find their private ends :
And, though 'tis hardly understood,
Which way my death can do them good,
Yet thus, methinks, I hear them speak:
See, how the dean begins to break !
Poor gentleman ! he droops apace!
You plainly find it in his face.
That old vertigo in his head
Will never leave him, till he's dead.
Besides, his memory decays:
He recollects not what he says;
He cannot call his friends to mind;
Forgets the place where last he dined;
Plies you with stories o'er and o'er;
He told them fifty times before.
How does he fancy we can sit
To hear his out-of-fashion wit ?
But he takes up with younger folks,
Who for his wine will bear his jokes.
Faith, he must make his stories shorter,
Or change his comrades once a quarter:
In half the time he talks them round,
There must another set be found.

For poetry, he's past his prime; He takes an hour to find a rhyme : His fire is out, his wit decayed, His fancy sunk, his muse a jade. 1 Lord Viscount Bolingbroke. 2 William Pulteney, Esq., created Earl of Bath.

I'd have him throw away his pen-
But there's no talking to some men.

And then their tenderness appears
By adding largely to my years :
He's older than he would be reckoned,
And well remembers Charles the Second.
He hardly drinks a pint of wine;
And that, I doubt, is no good sign.
His stomach, too, begins to fail;
Last year we thought him strong and hale;
But now he's quite another thing;
I wish he may hold out till spring.
They hug themselves and reason thus :
It is not yet so bad with us.

In such a case they talk in tropes, And by their fears express their hopes. Some great misfortune to portend No enemy can match a friend. With all the kindness they profess, The merit of a lucky guess (When daily how-d'ye's come of course, And servants answer, . Worse and worse !') Would please them better than to tell, That, God be praised ! the dean is well. Then he, who prophesied the best, Approves his foresight to the rest : • You know I always feared the worst, And often told you so at first.' He'd rather choose that I should die, Than his prediction prove a lie. Not one foretells I shall recover, But all agree to give me over.

Yet, should some neighbour feel a pain Just in the parts where I complain, How many a message would he send ! What hearty prayers, that I should mend! Inquire what regimen I kept? What gave me ease, and how I slept? And more lament when I was dead. Than all the snivellers round my bed.

My good companions, never fear; For, though you may mistake a year, Though your prognostics run too fast, They must be verified at last.

Behold the fatal day arrive! How is the dean ? he's just alive. Now the departing prayer is read; He hardly breathes. The dean is dead. Before the passing-bell begun, The news through half the town has run; Oh! may we all for death prepare ! What has he left I and who's his heir! I know no more than what the news is ; 'Tis all bequeathed to public uses. To public uses! there's a whim! What had the public done for him? Mere envy, avarice, and pride : He gave it all-but first he died. And had the dean in all the nation No worthy friend, no poor relation? So ready to do strangers good, Forgetting his own flesh and blood !

Now Grub Street wits are all employed;
With elegies the town is cloyed :
Some paragraph in every paper
To curse the dean, or bless the drapier.

The doctors, tender of their fame,
Wisely on me lay all the blame.
We must confess his case was nice;
But he would never take advice.
Had he been ruled, for aught appears,
He might have lived these twenty years;
For when we opened him, we found
That all his vital parts were sound.
From Dublin soon to London spread,
'Tis told at court the dean is dead.

And Lady Suffolk in the spleen

His time was come, he ran his race; Runs laughing up to tell the queen;

We hope he's in a better place.' The queen so gracious, mild, and good,

Why do we grieve that friends should die? Cries, 'Is he gone ! 'tis time he should.

No loss more easy to supply. He's dead, you say, then let him rot !

One year is past; a different scene! I'm glad the medals were forgot.

No further mention of the dean, I promised him, I own; but when?

Who now, alas! no more is missed, I only was the princess then;

Than if he never did exist. But now as consort of the king,

Where's now the favourite of Apollo ? You know 'tis quite another thing."2

Departed : and his works must follow; Now Charteris,3 at Sir Robert’s4 levee,

Must undergo the common fate; Tells with a sneer the tidings heavy;

His kind of wit is out of date. Why, if he died without his shoes

Some country squire to Lintot goes,1 (Cries Bob), I'm sorry for the news :

Inquires for Swift in verse and prose. Oh, were the wretch but living still,

Says Lintot, 'I have heard the name; And in his place my good friend Will !5

He died a year ago. The same.' Or had a mitre on his head,

He searches all the shop in vain. Provided Bolingbroke was dead !

“Sir, you may find them in Duck-Lane. 2 Now Curle6 his shop from rubbish drains :

I sent them, with a load of books, Three genuine tomes of Swift's Remains !

Last Monday to the pastry-cook's. And then to make them pass the glibber,

To fancy they could live a year! Revised by Tibbalds, Moore, and Cibber.

I find you're but a stranger here. He'll treat me, as he does my betters,

The dean was famous in his time, Publish my will, my life, my letters ;7

And had a kind of knack at rhyme. Revive the libels born to die,

His way of writing now is past; Which Pope must bear, as well as I.

The town has got a better taste. Here shift the scene, to represent

I keep no antiquated stuff, How those I love my death lament.

But spick-and-span I have enough. Poor Pope will grieve a month, and Gay

Pray, but do give me leave to show 'em ; A week, and Arbuthnot a day.

Here's Colley Cibber's birth-day poem ; St John himself will scarce forbear

This ode you never yet have seen To bite his pen, and drop a tear.

By Stephen Duck upon the queen. The rest will give a shrug, and cry,

Then here's a letter finely penned 'I'm sorry—but we all must die !

Against the Craftsman and his friend ; Indifference clad in wisdom's guise,

It clearly shows that all reflection All fortitude of mind supplies ;

On ministers is disaffection. For how can stony bowels melt

Next, here's Sir Robert's vindication, In those who never pity felt?

And Mr Henley's3 last oration. When we are lashed, they kiss the rod, they kiss the rod,

The hawkers have not got them yet;
Resigning to the will of God.

Your honour please to have a set ?'
The fools my juniors by a year
Are tortured with suspense and fear;

Suppose me dead; and then suppose Who wisely thought my age a screen,

A club assembled at the Rose, When death approached, to stand between ;

Where, from discourse of this and that, The screen removed, their hearts are trembling,

I grow the subject of their chat. They mourn for me without dissembling.

The dean, if we believe report, My female friends, whose tender hearts

Was never ill-received at court. Have better learned to act their parts,

Although ironically grave, Receive the news in doleful dumps :

He shamed the fool, and lashed the knave. 'The dean is dead (pray, what is trumps ?)

To steal a hint was never known, Then, Lord, have mercy on his soul!

But what he writ was all his own.' (Ladies, I'll venture for the vole.)

Sir, I have heard another story; Six deans, they say, must bear the pall.

He was a most confounded Tory, (I wish I knew what king to call.)

And grew, or he is much belied, Madam, your husband will attend

Extremely dull, before he died.' The funeral of so good a friend :

. Can we the Drapier then forget? No, madam, 'tis a shocking sight;

Is not our nation in his debt? And he's engaged to-morrow night:

'Twas he that writ the Drapier's letters ! My Lady Club will take it ill,

He should have left them for his betters; If he should fail her at quadrille.

We had a hundred abler men, He loved the dean-(I lead a heart)

Nor need depend upon his pen.
But dearest friends, they say, must part.

Say what you will about his reading,
You never can defend his breeding;

Who, in his satires running riot, i The Countess of Suffolk (formerly Mrs Howard), a lady of Could never leave the world in quiet; the queen's bed-chamber.

Attacking, when he took the whim, 9 Queen Caroline had, when princess, promised Swift a pre Court, city, camp-all one to him. sent of medals, which promise was never fulfilled.

But why would he, except he slobbered, 3 Colonel Francis Charteris, of infamous character, on whom

Offend our patriot, great Sir Robert, an epitaph was written by Dr Arbuthnot.

Whose counsels aid the sovereign power 4 Sir Robert Walpole, then first minister of state, afterwards

To save the nation every hour? Earl of Orford. 5 William Pulteney, Esq., the great rival of Walpole.

1 Bernard Lintot, a bookseller. See Pope's • Dunciad' and 6 An infamous bookseller, who published things in the dean's Letters. name, which he never wrote.

2 A place where old books are sold. 7 For some of these practices he was brought before the 3 Commonly called Orator Henley, a quack preacher in Lon. House of Lords.

| don, of great notoriety in his day.

And, since you dread no further lashes, Methinks you may forgive his ashes.'

What scenes of evil he unravels,
In satires, libels, lying travels !
Not sparing his own clergy-cloth,
But eats into it, like a moth !'
• Perhaps I may allow, the dean
Had too much satire in his vein,
And seemed determined not to starve it,
Because no age could more deserve it.
Vice, if it e'er can be abashed,
Must be or ridiculed or lashed.
If you resent it, who's to blame?
He neither knew you, nor your name:
Should vice expect to 'scape rebuke,
Because its owner is a duke?
His friendships, still to few confined,
Were always of the middling kind;
No fools of rank or mongrel breed,
Who fain would pass for lords indeed,
Where titles give no right or power,
And peerage is a withered flower.
He would have deemed it a disgrace,
If such a wretch had known his face.

He never thought an honour done him,
Because a peer was proud to own him;
Would rather slip aside, and choose
To'talk with wits in dirty shoes ;
And scorn the tools with stars and garters,
So often seen caressing Charteris,
He kept with princes due decorum,
Yet never stood in awe before 'em.
He followed David's lesson just;
In princes never put his trust :
And, would you make him truly sour,
Provoke him with a slave in power.'
• Alas, poor dean ! his only scope
Was to be held a misanthrope.
This into general odium drew him,
Which, if he liked, much good may't do him.
His zeal was not to lash our crimes,
But discontent against the times :
For, had we made him timely offers
To raise his post, or fill his coffers,
Perhaps he might have truckled down,
Like other brethren of his gown.
For party he would scarce have bled :
I say no more---because he's dead.
What writings has he left behind ?
I hear they're of a different kind:
A few in verse ; but most in prose :
Some high-flown pamphlets, I suppose :
All scribbled in the worst of times,
To palliate his friend Oxford's crimes ;
To praise Queen Anne, nay more, defend

As never favouring the Pretender :
Or libels yet concealed from sight,
Against the court, to show his spite :
Perhaps his travels, part the third ;
A lie at every second word-
Offensive to a loyal ear :
But-not one sermon, you may swear.'
• As for his works in verse or prose,
I own myself no judge of those.
Nor can I tell what critics thought 'em ;
But this I know, all people bought 'em,
As with a moral view designed,
To please, and to reform mankind :
And, if he often missed his aim,
The world must own it to their shame,
The praise is his, and theirs the blame.
He gave the little wealth he had
To build a house for fools and mad;
To show, by one satiric touch,
No nation wanted it so much.
That kingdom he hath left his debtor;
I wish it soon may have a better.

The Grand Question Debated : Whether Hamilton's Bawn should be turned into a Barrack

or a Malt-house. 1729.* Thus spoke to my lady the knight1 full of care: Let me have your advice in a weighty affair. This Hamilton's Bawn, whilst it sticks on my hand, I lose by the house what I get by the land; But how to dispose of it to the best bidder, For a barrack or malt-house, we now must consider.

First, let me suppose I make it a malt-house, Here I have computed the profit will fall to us; There's nine hundred pounds for labour and grain, I increase it to twelve, so three hundred remain; A handsome addition for wine and good cheer. Three dishes a day, and three housheads a vear: With a dozen large vessels my vault shall be stored; No little scrub joint shall come on my board: And you and the dean no more shall combine To stint me at night to one bottle of wine; Nor shall I, for his humour, permit you to purloin A stone and a quarter of beef from my sirloin. If I make it a barrack, the crown is my tenant; My dear, I have pondered again and again on't : In poundage and drawbacks I lose half my rent, Whatever they give me I must be content, Or join with the court in every debate; And rather than that I would lose my estate.

Thus ended the knight: thus began his meek wife; It must and shall be a barrack, my life. I'm grown a mere mopus; no company comes, But a rabble of tenants and rusty dull rums.3 With parsons what lady can keep herself clean! I'm all over daubed when I sit by the dean. But if you will give us a barrack, my dear, The captain, I'm sure, will always come here; I then shall not value his deanship a straw, For the captain, I warrant, will keep him in awe; Or should he pretend to be brisk and alert, Will tell him that chaplains should not be so pert; That men of his coat should be minding their prayers, And not among ladies to give themselves airs.

Thus argued my lady, but argued in vain; The knight his opinion resolved to maintain.

But Hannah,' who listened to all that was past, And could not endure so vulgar a taste, As soon as her ladyship called to be drest, Cried, Madam, why, surely my master's possest. Sir Arthur the maltster! how fine it will sound! I'd rather the bawn were sunk under ground. But, madam, I guessed there would never come good, When I saw him so often with Darby and Wood. And now my dream's out; for I was a-dreamed That I saw a huge rat; O dear, how I screamed ! Aud after, methought, I had lost my new shoes; And Molly she said I should hear some ill news.

*Swift spent almost a whole year (1728-9) at Gosford, in the north of Ireland, the seat of Sir Arthur Acheson, assisting Sir Arthur in his agricultural improvements, and lecturing, as usual, the lady of the manor upon the improvement of her health by walking, and her mind by reading. The circumstance of Sir Arthur letting a ruinous building called Hamilton's Bawn to the crown for a barrack, gave rise to one of the dean's most lively pieces of fugitive humour.-Scott's Life Swift. A bawn is strictly a place near a house enclosed with mud or stone walls to keep the cattle.

1 Sir Arthur Acheson, an intimate friend of the poet. Sir Arthur was ancestor of the present Earl of Gosford,

? A large old house belonging to Sir Arthur, two miles from his residence.

3 A cant word in Ireland for a poor country clergyınan.
4 My lady's waiting-maid.
5 Two of Sir Arthur's managers.

Dear madam, had you but the spirit to tease,

To shorten my tale (for I hate a long story), You might have a barrack whenever you please : The captain at dinner appears in his glory; And, madam, I always believed you so stout,

The dean and the doctorl have humbled their pride, | That for twenty denials you would not give out. For the captain's intreated to sit by your side; If I had a husband like him, I purtest,

And, because he's their betters, you carve for him 'Till he gave me my will, I would give him no rest ; * * first, But, madam, I beg you contrive and invent,

The parsons for envy are ready to burst; And worry himn out, 'till he gives his consent.

The servants amazed are scarce ever able Dear madam, whene'er of a barrack I think,

To keep off their eyes, as they wait at the table; An I were to be hanged I can't sleep a wink : And Molly and I have thrust in our nose For if a new crotchet comes into my brain,

To peep at the captain in all his fine clothes ; I can't get it out, though I'd never so fain.

Dear madam, be sure he's a fine spoken man, I fancy already a barrack contrived,

Do but hear on the clergy how glib his tongue ran; At Hamilton's Bawn, and the troop is arrived; And madam,' says he, if such dinners you give, | Of this, to be sure, Sir Arthur has warning,

You'll never want parsons as long as you live;
And waits on the captain betimes the next morning. I ne'er knew a parson without a good nose,

Now see when they meet how their honours behave, But the devil's as welcome wherever he goes ;
Noble captain, your servant-Sir Arthur, your slave; G-d-me, they bid us reform and repent,
You honour me much-the honour is mine-

But, 2-s, by their looks they never keep lent;
'Twas a sad rainy night-but the morning is fine. Mister curate, for all your grave looks, I'm afraid
Pray how does my lady?-my wife's at your service. You cast a sheep's eye on her ladyship's maid;
I think I have seen her picture by Jervis.

I wish she would lend you her pretty white hand Good morrow, good captain-I'll wait on you down In mending your cassock, and smoothing your band; You shan't stir a foot-you'll think me a clown (For the dean was so shabby, and looked like a ninny, For all the world, captain, not half an inch farther That the captain supposed he was curate to Jenny). You must be obeyed—your servant, Sir Arthur; Whenever you see a cassock and gown, My humble respects to my lady unknown

A hundred to one but it covers a clown; I hope you will use my house as your own.

Observe how a parson comes into a room, Go bring me my smock, and leave off your prate, G-d-me, he hobbles as bad as my groom; Thou hast certainly gotten a cup in thy pate.' A scholar, when just from his college broke loose, Pray madam, be quiet: what was it I said?

Can hardly tell how to cry bo to a goose; You had like to have put it quite out of my head. Your Noveds, and Bluturks, and Omurs, and stuff,

Next day, to be sure, the captain will come By G-, they don't signify this pinch of snuff. At the head of his troop, with trumpet and drum ; To give a young gentleman right education, Now, madam, observe how he marches in state; The army's the only good school of the nation; The man with the kettle-drum enters the gate; My schoolmaster called me a dunce and a fool, Dub, dub, adub, dub. The trumpeters follow, But at cuffs I was always the cock of the school; Tantara, tantara, while all the boys hollow.

I never could take to my book for the blood o' me, See now comes the captain all daubed with gold And the puppy confessed he expected no good o'mc. lace; .

He caught me one morning coquetting his wife, 0, la ! the sweet gentleman, look in his face;

But he mauled me; I ne'er was so mauled in my life; And see how he rides like a lord of the land,

So I took to the road, and what's very odd, With the fine flaming sword that he holds in his hand ; | The first man I robbed was a parson by G| And his horse, the dear creter, it prances and rears, Now, madam, you'll think it a strange thing to say, With ribbons in knots at its tail and its ears;

But the sight of a book makes me sick to this day." At last comes the troor, by the word of command, Never since I was born did I hear so much wit,

Drawn up in our court, when the captain cries, Stand. And, madam, I laughed till I thought I should split. | Your ladyship lifts up the sash to be seen

So then you looked scornful, and snift at the dean, (For sure I had dizened you out like a queen), As who should say, Now, am I skinny and lean 13

The captain, to show he is proud of the favour, But he durst not so much as once open his lips, | Looks up to your window, and cocks up his beaver. And the doctor was plaguily down in the hips. (His beaver is cocked; pray, madam, mark that,

Thus merciless Hannah ran on in her talk, For a captain of horse never takes off his hat;

Till she heard the dean call, Will your ladyship walk? Because he has never a hand that is idle,

Her ladyship answers, I'm just coming down. For the right holds the sword, and the left holds the Then turning to Hannah and forcing a frown, bridle);

Although it was plain in her heart she was glad, Then flourishes thrice his sword in the air,

Cried, " Hussy, why sure the wench is gone mad; As a compliment due to a lady so fair;

How could these chimeras get into your brains ? (How I tremble to think of the blood it hath spilt !) Come hither, and take this old gown for your pains. Then he lowers down the point, and kisses the hilt. But the dean, if this secret should come to his ears, Your ladyship smiles, and thus you begin :

Will never have done with his jibes and his jeers.
Pray captain, be pleased to alight and walk in. For your life not a word of the matter, I charge ye;
The captain salutes you with congee profound, Give me but a barrack, a fig for the clergy.'
And your ladyship curtsies half way to the ground.
Kit, run to your master, and bid him come to us.

I'm sure he'll be proud of the honour you do us;
And, captain, you'll do us the favour to stay,

United with Swift in friendship and in fame, but And take a short dinner here with us to-day;

possessing far higher powers as a poet, and more You're heartily welcome ; but as for good cheer, refined taste as a satirist, was ALEXANDER POPE, You come in the very worst time of the year,

born in London May 22, 1688. His father, a linenIf I had expected so worthy a guest

draper, having acquired an independent fortune, Lord, madam! your ladyship sure is in jest;

retired to Binfield, in Windsor Forest. He was a You banter me, madam, the kingdom must grant Roman Catholic, and the young poet was partly You officers, captain, are so complaisant.

", are so complaisant. “Hist, hussy, I think I hear somebody coming' i Dr Jenny, a clergyman in the neighbourhood. No, madam, 'tis only Sir Arthur a-humming.

2 Ovids, Plutarchs, Homers. 3 Nicknames for my lady.

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